I can't remember the first time I stepped on a skateboard but I do know I have always had a something that drew me to riding around and enjoy being on a board. I happen to be in Miami this past year when Go Skateboarding day came around, June 21st. I had some spare time and found out Adidas was hosting an event at Lot 11. I threw some gear into my truck and headed down that way for the day. More people showed up then I had anticipated so that alone stood out to me. Skating alone gets repetitive but with a group it motivates you to do more and push even harder. I was never great at skateboarding but having a camera with me and documenting a scene that is really inviting just seems like a natural fit. A little rain didn't deter anyone from leaving and the whole event went off without a hitch. I grabbed stills all day but these few stood out the most.
Sonic Motorsports and my friend Chang Yang pulled out all the stops putting together a "hot rod" inspired Datsun 240z. Having always wanted a Datsun 240z I jumped at the chance to capture some stills of this one before leaving Savannah. The Classic lines and attention to detail make this car stand out from other builds I've seen. Last I heard this build is only half way through and the engine bay is getting a full revamp in the future. Whatever gets done to this vehicle I'm sure is going to be done right. This photo set also got featured recently on Petrolicious with a great write up that I'm very excited to share with you all!
This might be the last car I photograph for a long time. I'm shifting my focus back to documentary work and I think that's the right decision for me as a photographer and photojournalist. More work will be getting posted in the future and a few projects are in mind as I plan my next few steps in New York City. I will not completely abandon commercial work but it will be taking a back seat for the time being. Stick with me on this one because i'm 100% positive this is the right decision for me and my creative work flow right now!
Producing, shooting, editing, takes a ton of time and effort from a film makers stand point. Having patience and being understanding to follow through with a project has always been priority number one. But when the stars don't align and things don't come full circle you need to improvise and turn a half completed project into something worth while. I pulled stills from a cypher video that was going to showcase Savannah, GA and some of it's best rappers and hip hop artists. these frames are the final project as it stands, hopefully only for the moment. The final studio recording should be in the works as I'm writing this and potentially with that I can piece together a great music video / cypher showing off one of my favorite cities. Savannah , GA has always had a deep music history and having the chance to be somewhat involved with the scene right before moving to New York felt like a great privilege. It was a new way to understand the city just that much more and those people who make it such an amazing place.
It has been a long while since I updated this segment of the site but that's about to change. I've had projects on the back burner that I'm ready to show and I decided to kick it off with my first exhibition in Savannah, GA. This project was a labor of love to say the least. Friends and family pitched in on so many different levels that I truly owe them endless amounts of love and appreciation for all their generosity. I had the opportunity back in 2014 to travel for a semester abroad to Hong Kong. This trip turned out to be more then just an adventure but an eye opening experience and a time that changed me as a person, photographer, and documentarian. I Covered the Umbrella Movement // Occupy Central which took place around the middle of my three months stay. From day one I knew this was important to witness and document. I had two different interviews that went into greater detail of the project and the larger story so I'll drop links to those here for everyone to read. Hopefully one day in the near future I will have the opportunity to visit my friends in Hong Kong again and continue to document what is taking place in that beautiful city. Again thank you to everyone who came out to see this exhibition, to everyone who helped out, and for all the good vibes I'm forever grateful.
This past quarter has been packed with projects and non-stop work. I have a Documentary short film about Savannah's hip hop and rap scene in the works, that's getting picture locked by the end of this week. What started out as a meeting with Steven Baumgarnder, also known as Basik Lee, turned into a land slide of open doors and interest in the piece. Hip Hop night at the Jinx started back eleven years ago and is still going strong. But if you consider Savannah's music scene as a whole rock and country are more popular even thought there is more dynamics and interest in hip hop entertainment. I've been going on and off to the Jinx on Tuesdays since I moved to Savannah about five years ago. These showcases are what kept me coming back. All the energy and good vibes everyone had just made the old bar come back to life in a different way.
A few months ago Jon Springs had asked me to help co-produce and shoot behind the scenes of Ghost Cop. This short narrative film was a great experience and the crew we pulled together made a huge impact. Endless cups of coffee, black, and long nights on set made something that is definitely worth the time and effort. These are some stills from Behind the Scenes on set between two days of work.
Final Cut of the film.
This project was in no way easy to complete in one quarter but was definitely worth all of the time and effort from the whole crew. I wanted to shoot a certain late model Porsche Type 930 I had seen countless times around Savannah Georgia. Turned out that networking led me to have this opportunity to get a hold of four unique and incredible Porsche 911 variants. The project took a week of pre-production, three weekends of on location shooting, and two more weeks of post-production to complete. The final outcome were images that captured the look and feel of each owner’s personal aesthetic and passion for the vehicles. I was humbled to work with a great crew: Tracy Velloso was my Lighting assistant, Allyssa Brown helped on styling, John Bryson who is a great friend helped capturing behind the scenes images of each shoot, while Ayanna Bryant covered our hair and makeup department, and John Springs helped put together a behind the scenes video. This project was a labor of love for me and was definitely a turning point in my commercial photography portfolio.
I've had a GoPro in my equipment bag for over a year now and it's become a go to camera for certain situations. I got the GoPro at a pretty exciting time for me because the past year and a half has been packed with traveling. It's a great run and gun type of camera and I use it mostly as a point and shoot. All the images in this set are from the different adventures I've been lucky to have. Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Spain, New York, and Miami are all in here and hopefully this set will expand with more traveling. This tiny camera has been a cool little time capsule. I really don't take advantage of it as much as I should so I'll probably get some more work out of it in the future. For my photography I don't limit myself because of equipment, I really don't think it's the equipment but the producer behind it that matters. A lot of these photos were post processed and some even have camera calibration to straighten out the camerad lens distortion. The GoPro works great for me and I think I'll upgrade sooner or later for a new one and hopefully a drone to get different angels for the next round of GoPro images on here.
I"m thinking my next update is going to be the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement I captured back in 2014. I've been wanting to present these images as a whole for a long time and that time has come. It's a story that to me has to be seen by everyone. it was a huge moment in time for the history of Hong Kong. Thanks for looking through this blog and stick around for the next update.
This small project was a collaboration with a group of friend in Hong Kong. I just wanted to show each individual in uninhibited actions and reactions to our conversation. This piece was very laid back and casual it was not meant to be taken serious by anyone involved. I had set up a simple lighting situation and talked with everyone to bring out their unseen side. No matter the way we talked everyone had a certain reaction that photographed really well. I think this could be expanded further but for now it gives a more intimate feel with a tight knit group of friends and a smaller grouping all together. Pulling inspiration from Richard Avedon’s portraits I stuck with black and white and square format to give viewers no distraction to what they are seeing and solely view the people in a new way.
In Savannah, GA there is a small but bountiful car culture. The scene consists of small shops with huge ties in the community and year after year they put out some of the best automotive work on the Georgia coastline. Sonic, from Sonic Motorsports, is an up and comer who knows how to build amazing vehicles. Needless to say this aggressive high octane Scion FRS was built in house and packs a serious punch.